photo credit: Jodi Stevens, impediment 5 (2010/2017), hand-dyed yarn, wood, dimensions variable. Contemporary fiber art is a vast field populated with artists pushing boundaries beyond what is expected using materials sculpturally and conceptually. Artists working in the field today owe a major debt to those who shifted textile arts to a seriously considered fine art form starting in the 1970s, dubbed the American craft movement. Pioneers such as Sheila Hicks, Eva Hesse, Robert Morris, Miriam Schapiro, Faith Ringgold, and Claire Zeisler exploded long-held notions and elevated works made with these materials through sculptural experimentation. This lecture will discuss artists who build on this legacy through their practice as sculptors, employing these materials weighted with radical history.
Daisy McGowan is director and chief curator for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) Galleries of Contemporary Art, or GOCA, a position she has served in since July 2010. McGowan has independently and collaboratively curated and produced over 85 exhibitions for GOCA, Colorado College IDEA Space (as Assistant Curator), Colorado College Coburn Gallery (as Gallery Director), as well as regional and national contemporary sites including RedLine Contemporary Art Center (Denver) and Durden and Ray (Los Angeles – July 2018).